Salem Community Foundation
Making a difference in our community for nearly 50 years...
A NOTE FROM PRESIDENT JOHN E. TONTI
The Salem Community Foundation has worked diligently since 1966 to improve the quality of life while continuing to connect its donors with critical interests in the Salem area. Assisting donors with their philanthropic needs for the past 47 years has been a tremendous honor and privilege.
As a public trust, the Foundation is vibrant and healthy due to caring individuals, families and organizations continuing to invest with confidence in the local community through us. During the past year Salem Community Foundation continued to support a wide range of Salem area programs, projects and scholarships through $823,416 awarded to the arts and humanities, education, human services, and public and community services. I encourage you to review the accomplishments of the 2013 fiscal year detailed within the most recent Annual Report.
The Board of Directors and I are extremely grateful for your confidence in our ability to serve you in investing in our community and as your partner on behalf of achieving your charitable goals. We are proud of the fact that our efforts have made a significant impact in making lives better.
John E. Tonti
The Salem Community Foundation, a public non-profit charitable trust, has as its mission to improve the quality of life in Salem, Ohio, and the immediate area.
The Foundation, through special grants, supports charitable, educational, scientific, literary, artistic, and civic efforts, as well as public safety, welfare, and recreational programs in Salem.
The mission of the Community Foundation is also to assess and meet changing community needs and interests through financial awards, and to assist donors to build and preserve enduring assets for charitable purposes.
SALEM COMMUNITY FOUNDATION'S GOALS
• Encouraging the growth of the Foundation's permanent endowment.
• Providing a vehicle for donations from individuals, families, corporations and organizations with varied interests.
• Evaluating and addressing emerging and changing community needs.
• Serving as a neutral leader to stimulate and coordinate actions among various organizations to accomplish common objectives.
• To make grants that are consistent with the above.
HOW DOES A COMMUNITY FOUNDATION WORK?
The community foundation concept is as ingenious as it is simple - a means by which a substantial amount of money can be built over time from contributors both large and small the income from which is used to meet the community's charitable needs.
Supported by the Congress and its tax laws, the community foundation is a unique product of a democratic society that is built upon private enterprise. It originally grew out of American traditions of charity that would have those with ability provide opportunities for achievement to those less fortunate. Today donors to community foundations are from diverse backgrounds with a common commitment to their communities' well being.